Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2019 7:42 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: November 19, 2019
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I have a second profile that I have tried over the past 10 years tried to merge into this one but I have not been successful. I didn’t have access to the email address and it is associated with my maiden name which is Marie Marguerite Agcaoili. I am not hiding it. For years I didn’t swap but I am a total swap addict and I love swapping!! But I get it if you drop me from your swap since I’m illegal.

My artist creations include: Drawing; Collage; Coloring Stamping Painting: watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, alcohol inks, distressed Upcycled repurposed art Vintage items Art journals Junk journals Planners Spirograph Pen & ink Knitting Gel press Sparkle & glitter Deconstructed art Theory of art Indigenous art Tribal art Religious art Film & photography Composting just kidding Mise en scene Playa art meaning it’s very dusty Mandalas

Thank you for all the die cut creations since it’s one craft I don't do.

My husband bought a vintage typewriter for my birthday I must start using soon! And Christine my stepsister gifted me with her cricut she no longer used! I have not figured it out yet but I hope to use it too!

Favorite Music

Here are a few more details to help out folks who are trading letters and correspondence with me.

Plurality is probably a good word for me. There are really no types of music I don't like. The music I find myself gravitating towards the most are soft rock hits from the 1970s but I also listen to pop from all the decades, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Dubstep, Chill, Deep House and more.

As a child, my Dad was a National Dancer from the Philippines. I grew up banging on the ground and listening to the ethnic dancers pounding the floor with their feet, with bamboo sticks, and drums that are sort of flat and lay on the ground.

My grandmother was my piano teacher and then I had a scholarship at a local music conservatory. I quit music because I decided I didn't want to dedicate 8 hours a day practicing piano. That was probably the biggest career decision I made in my life. I think I made it around 16 years old. But my Mom's sister was some super prodigy and she played in Carnegie Hall when she was a kid and took lessons from Horowitz. I figured, I'd never be that good. And she didn't seem very happy with her music though I will say she did become happy very late in her life, after her mid-60s. She did start playing in many four-hand recitals and performed with a group of friends. But it was more like good fun and fundraising and that point. Not as much about the financial success nor the career achievement.

Favorite Books

Reading right now: the Histories by Herodotus. This summer I also read Marco Polo’s Travels.

Here are a few of my favorite authors: Hugh Howey Paolo Bacigalupi William Gibson Neal Stephenson Jon Steele Chuck Hogan Guillermo del Toro Francesca Lia Block Paul Theroux Oliver Sacks Anne Rice Jeffrey Toobin Angela Duckworth Neil Gaiman Anáis Nin Henry Miller Jack Kerouac Marguerite Duras John Muir Stephen Dubner Steve Levitt Gabriel Garcia Marquez Lon Milo Duquette Danielle Steel George R.R. Martin Haruki Murakami Erin Morgenstern Robert B. Parker Edgar Allen Poe JD Salinger

I'm a big fan of Little Free Libraries and we have over 66 i my town that I've listed that I patronize or visit just here in my town! There are even more when you count Berkeley or San Francisco which are about 20-30 minutes away so not far for me. It's like treasure hunting! They are each like treasure chests and I love to add my extra books to the flow of books, maps, magazines, even stationery or videos.

The books I can't get enough of recently seem to be apocalyptic fiction. Not books about the apocalypse, but I think it's after Peak Oil or something along those lines. Anyway, I don't read them because they are in this genre, I just happen to love these-- but then you know how I can be morbid if you've followed my profile this far!

Hugh Howey--everything he writes I basically sit down and cannot sleep until the book is over. I started with The Shell Collector. I ordered his book by accident when I was trying to order Doerr's book by the same title. But then I never went back to read Doerr and I love Howey. I've also got to read the stuff he published online, I"m not a big Kindle reader though I have book readers on my phone and computers. He also did the Wool, Dust, and I read SAND first which is an offshoot and I liked it the best, but it was meant to be read after but I started there. I think I liked Sand the best.

Also Paolo Bacigalupi and I avoided his books like the Windup Girl. Then finally I succumbed at one of our real brick and mortar libraries. It just jumped out at me and I took it home. And found it irresistible. I feel kind of sad when I read his works and yet I cannot stop reading them. I have devoured all his stuff now and I have to wait for him to catch up to my voraciousness.

Similarly, I'm waiting for the next William Gibson book to come out. I've read his books over & over. I tend to love his books on audio. They just sound beautiful read out loud.

I do love poetry. Go to a poetry reading. If you come to San Francisco go to a poetry reading here at City Lights bookstore. It is a mecca. Write your own poetry. It's good for you.

Here at Swap-Bot I've joint the TBR (To Be Read Group). Being a part of the group and participating in the monthly group swaps helps me to stay focused on my reading list. I pick up books everywhere and I was chaotic and random before. Now, I'm more methodical and the group doesn't require that we read a certain amount but I do set my own reading goals. We share how we are doing each month against our goal or goals.

Favorite Television

We watch P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home show, Mr, Robot, Barefoot Contessa, Queen of the South, Counterpart, Rook, Fixer Upper, various animal, space, and science shows, and the news.

News, I watch oodles of news I like to sweep across all the channels including international and business and weather news.

Podcasts are another favorite for me. I listen to Freakonomics from public radio in NY. And Terry Gross' Fresh Air from Public Radio too.

Oh yeah, one of my all time favorite books is by JD Salinger, it's a short story called "Franny & Zooey" where Franny starts mouthing and chanting and praying ceaselessly. I get her. Even though I don't think I could explain or teach it to anyone else.


Ahtletics: I don't do any competitive sports. I've done 5Ks, 10Ks, Marathons, I thought at some point that I would become an Ultrarunner. It's not too late. The great thing is that you can be an Ultrarunner here locally (in the San Francisco, California, USA) area at a 5K (that's about 3 miles) on a local trail and you just keep adding a mile per week and before you know it you're doing ultra runs! But alas, I'm not running all that much any more. I'm that kind of a person, where I feel sort of lukewarm about an activity and then I get more and more obsessed and suddenly ... but alas, that's old me.

I used to put on raves: though they were the kind of raves that did not allow alcohol nor drugs. I realize most people associate raves with those two things but I still do events that are not that way. But more and more I am slowing down though we do go to dance events and enjoy electronic dance music.

Mostly now, I Swim and Walk my dog daily. With bits of yoga tossed in.

Favorite Teas

Send me any tea! I drink tea every afternoon and evening. Black tea, white tea, tisanes, herb teas. My favorites are David's Teas which are loose and I prefer his berry flavored teas. I love mint teas. I make teas from the herbs in my garden.

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals. I haven't tried making them into elixirs though I suppose that is next. I cannot believe how much money stores charge for these crystal infused waters. Rock crystal or clear crystal, rose quartz, are a few for the bath sprinkled with rose buds fresh or dried and rose hips. Yummmm


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. I used to be a big critic and so feel free to criticize my work. I am older now and I am not as critical. I am enjoying that second childhood and realizing that my art is mine. It is not created for art critics and though I do take into account other people’s preferences my art was not created by you or else it would be your art. I can spend hours creating something that looks random or messy. But honestly I’m just enjoying the Zen creation process. It all disappears which is the beauty of it. The creating IS the art. Mailing is also THE art. But LO, there I go preaching. Let it all be. Thank you for reading all these words!


haagmm rated for ABC upcycled U cardboard swap on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: Wonderful postcard! And special thanks for the mural stamp - they are beautiful!
Eulegirl rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2019 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Isn't orange a lovely color?!
lorencz rated for In Memory Of...PC Intl on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. Your note on the back was touching. I think it is great you feel that way while driving now...what a wonderful way to remember them. Sending you a big bear hug from Korea!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard!
debbiespoms rated for PH: Letter T (Blank or Naked) on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you Marie! Love the Fairy PC and the Christmas washi tape! I am an Autumn lover too! Love the changing of the leaves & crisp smells it brings! Every year, I can't for summer to pass.
Response: Thank you!!!
Comment: Love hearing about all your outdoor-themed books this time!
Response: Thanks yes need to really get out more and experience nature too!
maxbenleo rated for SF~ Just Saying Hello #4 INT on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card!! You will hear from me soon😊
Response: You’re welcome!!
Comment: Very creative! Thank you very much. Fall & spring is my most favorite time of the year! Happy holidays!
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Cool 3-D card - thanks
Response: Thank you!!
debbiespoms rated for SF ~ Blind Postcard Swap INT #3 on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you and yes, I can use a couple of them! I can use the rest for swaps. But love them and the washi too! Love washi!
Response: Excellent!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the post card.
Response: You are welcome!!
RiverTopanga rated for PH: Letter S (Blank or Naked) on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Hi Marie! I got your "S" postcards... they are beautiful. The gold one looks like it could be a close up of a sunflower... who knew that a sunspot looks like that? Very cool. Thank you for educating me on the universe :-) Love to learn. Thank you also for the washi :-) love getting new washi samples. Extra hearts for you <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: Sweet!!! Your postcard arrived today too!!
Comment: Thank you for the card from the Rum box. I bet the whole box is pretty.
Response: Yes!! It’s like a painting cardboard!!
haagmm rated for ABC upcycled cardboard R swap on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you!! Such a fun postcard. I love the shape
Response: It was super fun to make!!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard from San Francisco and sharing your list with me.
Response: You’re welcome!!
Comment: Thanks for the update and including your thoughts on the books!
Response: Thank you!!
renmagpie rated for Fall Long Letter Swap on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely long letter and for the extra PCs too! I loved reading this. xoxo
Response: Glad you liked the postcards. I’m learning to hunt for new postcards.
Fawnofglory rated for Watercolor ATC on Oct 23, 2019
Response: Thank you now I want to experiment even more with watercolors!
renmagpie rated for Mixed Media Art Tag #3 Halloween on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this tag and sharing your spirituality with me. We have similar views on the holiday. ;) xoxo
Response: Thank you~
Luciie rated for Dream card swap #3 on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you Marie for sharing your dream with me! I loved your card and the extra special Jade rock. When i opened the envelope, the rock had been smashed 😭 but I put the bits in my aloe vera plant and now the dirt has lovely Jade bits! Thank you!
Response: Hi Luciie, oh no! Well that will teach me to wrap bettter for mailing! No worries this serpentine which turns to Jade (though I’m not sure scientifically when or how to tell which pieces are Jade or not) and we have tons of it! I’ll put another together for you and I’m so happy you like it!!

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jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

reauk on Dec 12, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

from reauk

dear Maria sorry for my mistake in my last posting im in love with sprouts they are my favorite vegetable Love them or hate them, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts. over here in England our new walkers crisps/chips are sprouts flavour yummy yummy

Angie on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are you a brussel sprout lover?

I adore brussel sprouts though they don't adore me back. My Pekingese love them too.

Happy Brussel Sprouts to you!

LauRad83 on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

we always have a couple of sprouts on our christmas dinner her in england, However none of us are keen.

The only time i liked spouts what when i was pregnant! I would microwave a bowl full and eat them with salt whilst watching tv LOL

sfcorrespondence on Nov 22, 2018:

Hello! I'm Micaela in San Francisco. I noticed we were in the same Autumn and Winter Swap group and just wanted to say hi since you were in the bay area as well! Hope you are doing well and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

hamolla22 on Nov 17, 2018:

Hello! Regarding your question for “Swap a Tag 🏷”, any size and shape for the tags is allowed! Up to you ☺️

LizzyJo on Aug 19, 2018:

It was Van Halen's contract that required no brown M & Ms.

Kellpepper on Apr 28, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap! I am also pretty sure I have a 1/2 finished letter finish for you.

TC on Oct 16, 2017:

Hey there! I’m not doing much crafting right now but I’m open to an easy postcard swap if it would help you get ratings to get started. Let me know. :) (I also invited you to Newbie Helpers.)

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